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At the helm of Sarah’s Forestville Kitchen is Chef Greg Hallihan (formerly of Stella’s Cafe) — a breakfast/brunch/lunchery in the heart of Forestville.

Locals may remember it as the former Tin Pony, with a smashing outdoor courtyard just off the main drag and now-revamped indoor dining room. Here, Hallihan brings his solid kitchen skills to the table, pulling off a globe-trotting menu that ranges from fried chicken and grits to homemade corned beef to Thai curries.

This is a two-or-three visit spot, because there’s just so much that looks good. First-time picks include a memorable order of jalapeno cheese grits with shrimp, Sarah’s Ruben (made with the aforementioned corned beef), red curry and a Southern fried chicken sandwich. My dining pals, Evelyn and Jan both agreed that the grits were the standout of the day (and I concurred). Other BiteClubbers swear by breakfast, where yummies like a crispy Monte Cristo sandwich, biscuits and gravy, house scramble, and mixed veggie hash beckon. The cafe features a number of breads from nearby Nightingale Breads, the tiny bakery operated by former nurse Beth Thorp.

It’s a breakfast, brunch and lunch spot, with occasional winemaker or locals dinner, but you’ll need to call ahead or check out their website to find out when they’re open. Bring cash, because they don’t take checks or cards and reservations are only accepted by phone. 6566 Front Street, Forestville, 887-1055.